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All meetings are held in Council Chambers, City Hall, Floor 2, unless otherwise noted. Please call (206) 684-8888 with any questions.

Council Central Staff

Council Central Staff provides professional, nonpartisan policy and fiscal analysis to the Council and its individual members.

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Committee recommendations are voted upon.

When

Each Monday @ 2pm

Members

All Councilmembers

When

Each Monday @ 9:30am

Members

All Councilmembers

Standing Committees

To provide policy direction and oversight and to deliberate and make recommendations on legislative matters relating to: the financial management and policies of the City and its agents, including the operating and capital budgets, levies, taxes, revenue, audits, and judgments and claims against the City (the Affordable Housing, Neighborhoods and Finance Committee is the Finance Committee required by the Seattle City Charter); oversight of the City's public works construction projects except as otherwise specified; the City Employees' Retirement System; the City Auditor; the City's fleets, facilities, and other administrative functions; the Customer Service Bureau; neighborhoods, including neighborhood planning, engagement and outreach, funding opportunities, and historic preservation and housing policies- investing and promoting the development and preservation of affordable housing.

When

1st and 3rd Wednesdays @ 9:30am

Members

To provide policy direction and oversight and to deliberate and make recommendations on legislative matters relating to: labor standards; civil rights issues; Seattle Public Utilities; economic development policies and programs; arts and cultural activities; and nightlife issues.

When

2nd and 4th Tuesdays @ 9:30am

Members

To provide policy direction and oversight and to deliberate and make recommendations on legislative matters relating to: education and early learning initiatives and the City's Families and Education Levy and Seattle Preschool Program, with a goal of improving City schools and student success rates and reducing achievement gaps among students in schools and programs throughout the City; regional, state, federal, and other governmental matters including Charter review, the Office of Intergovernmental Relations, and rules of the City Council; technology; ethics and elections; prisoner reentry; and equity issues.

When

1st and 3rd Wednesdays @ 2pm

Members

To provide policy direction and oversight and to deliberate and make recommendations on legislative matters relating to: Seattle City Light, including but not limited to City Light finances, energy utility rates, resource matters, energy policy, regional matters, air pollution regulations, and alternative energy sources; and urban sustainability, including the Office of Sustainability and Environment, climate protection, stewardship, conservation programs, district energy, green buildings, and food policy.

When

2nd and 4th Tuesdays @ 2pm

Members

To provide policy direction and oversight and to deliberate and make recommendations on legislative matters relating to: law enforcement, with special emphasis on programs and strategies to reduce crime, domestic violence, sexual assault, human trafficking, and youth violence; implementation of the Settlement Agreement between the Department of Justice and the City of Seattle regarding the Seattle Police Department; fire prevention and suppression; emergency medical services; criminal justice; coordination with municipal, regional, state and federal agencies engaged in public safety issues; immigrant and refugee rights; gender equity issues; and emergency preparedness, management, and response.

When

2nd and 4th Wednesdays @ 9:30am

Members

To provide policy direction and oversight and to deliberate and make recommendations on legislative matters relating to: human services, homelessness, child care, aging, and disability services; local and regional public health; and Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion (LEAD), which allows law enforcement officers to redirect low-level offenders engaged in drug or prostitution activity to community-based services; and film and music activities.

When

2nd and 4th Wednesdays @ 2pm

Members

To provide policy direction and oversight and to deliberate and make recommendations on legislative matters relating to: parks, community centers, and public grounds (including the Woodland Park Zoo and Seattle Aquarium); the Seattle Center; the Seattle Public Library system; and issues related to the waterfront.

When

1st and 3rd Thursdays @ 9:30am

Members

To provide policy direction and oversight and to deliberate and make recommendations on legislative matters relating to: planning and land use, including comprehensive planning, zoning, design, and land use regulations as well as incentive zoning, the Affordable Housing Impact Mitigation Program, and equitable transit oriented development; major institutions; quasi-judicial decisions; and community development.

When

1st and 3rd Tuesdays @ 9:30am

Members

To provide policy direction and oversight and to deliberate and make recommendations on legislative matters relating to: the operations of the Seattle Department of Transportation; and transportation issues and projects affecting the City of Seattle including transit service, policies, and planning; transportation system maintenance and repair; traffic control; use of the City right-of-way including permits and vacations; parking policies; neighborhood transportation planning; freight mobility planning; pedestrian and bicycle programs and planning; and coordination of transportation issues and representation of the City's interests on transportation with the federal government, the State of Washington, King County, Sound Transit, and the Puget Sound Regional Council; and transportation's contribution to local, regional, state, and national sustainability and livability objectives and reduction of carbon emissions.

When

1st and 3rd Tuesdays @ 2pm

Members

Select Committees

Deliberate and review the Mayor's proposed budget and CIP, make changes as appropriate, to adopt a final Budget and CIP.
As provided in Seattle Municipal Code Section 4.04.120, the City Council's Select Labor Committee as created by this memorandum, combined with the Executive Labor Committee appointed by the Mayor, constitute the City's Labor Relations Policy Committee. The purpose of the City's Labor Relations Policy Committee is to plan or adopt strategies or positions to be taken by the City during the course of collective bargaining, professional negotiations, grievance or mediation proceedings, and to review the proposals made in these negotiations or proceedings.

When

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The Seattle City Council committee that monitors and considers actions related to civic arenas, like the proposed SODO arena and the Key Arena redevelopment.

When

Meeting will be scheduled as necessary.

District Boards

On September 20, 2010, the Seattle City Council passed Ordinance 123397, creating a Transportation Benefit District in the City of Seattle, known as the Seattle Transportation Benefit District ("STBD"). The STBD Governing Board is comprised of all Seattle City Councilmembers. Upon establishing the STBD, a $20 annual vehicle license fee was implemented and enacted in May 2011.

Voters approved a measure in the November 2014 election that will expand Metro service in Seattle in 2015. The additional service is paid for with a $60 vehicle license fee and 0.1% increase in the sales tax.

The proposed improvements will focus on reducing overcrowding, increasing frequency and increasing reliability.

On August 5, 2014, Seattle voters approved the Seattle Park District, a metropolitan park district authorized by Chapter 35.61 of the Revised Code of Washington. The Seattle Park District has the same boundaries as the City of Seattle and the Seattle City Council members serve as the Park District's Governing Board. Property taxes collected by the Seattle Park District will provide funding for City parks and recreation including maintaining parklands and facilities, operating community centers and recreation programs, and developing new neighborhood parks on previously acquired sites.